A network interface controller that does more than just the base OSI model protocols, notably in a programmable way.
- blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2021/10/29/what-is-a-smartnic/ "Some are using FPGAs which promise flexibility"
- www.servethehome.com/intel-ipu-exotic-answer-to-industry-dpu/ "Intel IPU is an Exotic Answer to the Industry DPU"
- 2022 www.datacenterdynamics.com/en/news/amd-to-buy-smartnic-firm-pensando-for-19-billion/ "AMD to buy SmartNIC firm Pensando for $1.9 billion"
The company, which develops programmable packet processors, includes Goldman Sachs, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Oracle Cloud among its customers.Its processors and SmartNIC offering competes with AWS Nitro, Intel's DPU, and Nvidia's BlueField.
- www.theregister.com/2022/06/14/alibaba_dpu_cloud/ mentions that Alibaba Cloud created their own.